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I-Min Lee, M.D., Sc.D., studied how many steps could improve health for older women.
May 06, 2021

Physical activity isn't just for athletes—it's for everyone

Finding time and energy to exercise can be hard. But I-Min Lee, M.D., Sc.D., wants to reframe how...

Physical Activity
Eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce or prevent high cholesterol in most people.
April 06, 2021

What you do now can prevent heart disease later

Jennifer Robinson, M.D., studies cholesterol and cholesterol drug therapies with support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute....

Cholesterol

Damon Swift, Ph.D. (pictured with patients), studies physical activity and weight management.
April 01, 2021

Physical activity does more than help you look good

Damon Swift, Ph.D., studies exercise training and risk factors for heart-related disease. He spoke about recent research in this...

Physical Activity
Jonathan Lurie, M.D., studies ways to improve back pain treatment for veterans.
March 18, 2021

Veterans embrace spinal manipulation for low back pain

Many military veterans suffer from chronic low back pain. This pain can be treated with medication, but high medication use...

Low Back Pain

Back pain affects more than 25% of workers in the U.S.
March 09, 2021

Why does your back hurt?

Identifying the cause of low back pain has become a frequent challenge for medical professionals. It is also what has...

Low Back Pain
Palliative care researcher Jean Kutner, M.D., in her lab at the University of Colorado.
March 02, 2021

New research on palliative care and COVID-19

Jean Kutner, M.D., a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a well-known expert...

Palliative Care

Standing desks and ergonomic chairs can help put your spine in a better position.
February 18, 2021

How to manage low back pain before it gets worse

Low back pain is often hard to avoid. Many jobs require long periods of sitting or other types of activities...

Low Back Pain
Gary H. Gibbons, M.D. is the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
February 04, 2021

Recognizing American Heart Month

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is excited to work with the National Library of Medicine on NIH...

Physical Activity

Family caregivers can include people like spouses, children, and neighbors.
January 26, 2021

Comforting and supporting caregivers

Some of the greatest challenges in patient care involve helping people improve their quality of life as they cope with...

Palliative Care
Researcher Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, practices mindfulness with patients.
December 08, 2020

From opioids to mindfulness: A new approach to chronic pain

Twenty-six years. That's how long Eric Garland, Ph.D., LCSW, has practiced mindfulness, a complementary health practice that includes...

Pain Management

Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are focusing on disparities in maternal health in the U.S.
November 17, 2020

The new role of artificial intelligence in NIH pregnancy research

Pregnancy can be an exciting experience for many women. But it also can be difficult and confusing, especially for women...

Pregnancy
Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., studies breast cancer's impact on diverse populations.
November 10, 2020

Improving outcomes for African American women with breast cancer

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., has spent much of her career advancing research that supports women with breast cancer,...

Breast Cancer

Researchers are studying how social influence around vaping affects teens.
November 05, 2020

Under the influence: NIH research shows teen vaping, social pressure on the rise

Vapes. E-cigarettes. E-hookahs. Mods. Vaporizer devices all have the same purpose: to heat liquids containing nicotine or marijuana that people...

Vaping
NCCIH Director Helene Langevin, M.D., wants people to know that more options are available for chronic pain.
October 28, 2020

How integrative health research tackles the pain management crisis

Pain isn't simple or straightforward—and neither is treating it. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons people...

Pain Management

A scan of a human brain showing effects from an ischemic stroke.
August 20, 2020

Brain imaging, telehealth studies promise better stroke prevention and recovery

Stroke research is a priority for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stroke, which often stops blood from flowing to...

Stroke
Alcohol use disorder is a common but serious condition that affects how the brain functions.
July 16, 2020

Why alcohol-use research is more important than ever

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects roughly 15 million people in the U.S. People with the condition may drink in ways...

Alcohol Use Disorder

Research supported by NIH is showing new ways to diagnose and treat concussions in children.
July 07, 2020

How concussions affect kids and teens

Concussions among professional athletes have been covered widely in the media. But Christina Master, M.D., co-director of the concussion...

Traumatic Brain Injury
Blake Warner, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., conducts research on salivary disorders, focusing on Sjögren's syndrome.
June 23, 2020

Sjögren’s research explores genetic link to dry mouth, other saliva issues

Blake Warner, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., studies disorders that affect our salivary glands, including Sjögren's...

Sjögren's syndrome

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., studies how technology can improve health. She and her team developed a low-cost, portable fiber optic microscope that allows doctors to easily test for cervical cancer.
May 20, 2020

How a tablet computer and mobile van are improving cancer detection

Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ph.D., of Rice University, has devoted her career to understanding how technology can improve health and save...

Diagnostic Imaging
Karen Pierce, Ph.D., plays with a toddler referred to her program by a local pediatrician.
May 06, 2020

Eye tracking technology holds promise for earlier autism diagnosis

What if you could diagnose autism just by looking at how a child's eyes move? While the technology is...

Autism Spectrum Disorder